Estimates suggest that over fifty million U.S. workers (about 40% of the working population) could work from home at least part of the time. In 2009 the Office of Personnel Management reported that approximately 102,000 Federal employees work from home. It is estimated within the next three years the percentage of people working at home in the public sector will increase by 65% and 33% in the private sector.
The start of the work from home revolution began in the early 1970s they were able to achieve this by linking offices to downtown mainframes by dumb terminals using telephone lines as a network bridge. The massive decrease in cost and increase in performance of personal computers forged the way to moving the office to the home. Thus by the early 1980s home workers were able to connect to the company mainframe using personal computers.
It allowed parents and caregivers, the disabled, retirees, and people living in remote areas to at last work from home which they could not do before. It also reduced traffic congestion and traffic accidents, relieved the strain on transportation and infrastructures, reduced greenhouse gases, saved fuel, reduced energy use, improved disaster preparedness, and reduced terrorism targets.The nation would also save 280,000,000 barrels of oil which is 37% of Gulf oil imports.
The environment would be saved the equivalent of taking 9 million cars permanently off the road.The energy potential from the gas savings would total more than twice what the U.S. currently produces from all renewable energy sources combined, and if all Federal employees were to work from home full time the Federal Government would realize a saving of $13.9 billion in commuting costs annually and eliminate 21.5 billion pounds of pollutants from the environment each year.
Work from home scams
For anyone thinking of working from home beware. Work at home scams are very common and are wide spread. Some of these job offers are scams appealing to a get rich quick audience but in fact require an investment up front with no pay off at the end. The problem was so large that in 2006 the American Federal Trade Commission set up Project False Hopes, a federal and state law enforcement team that targets bogus business opportunity and work at home scams. This crackdown involved more than 100 law enforcement actions by the FTC, the Department of Justice, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and law enforcement agencies in 11 states. In four of the new FTC cases alone, consumers lost more than $30 million due to work at home scams.
So in ending all though the thought of working at home sounds appealing do your research first. These scams have already wrecked the dreams of many work from home hopefuls in America today.
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